A Day at the Nueva School

David Baszucki and I spent today hanging out at the Nueva School’s science fair, where we had a room set aside to do Roblox user testing. We had about 60 kids total play around in a clone of the Community Building room over the course of 4 hours. The three biggest problems users encounted?

1. Characters getting stuck on things.

2. Camera/Character control is hard to learn.

3. Lots of lost connections when using flakey wireless (can we do better?)

I also came up with a theory of what might be causing the insidious join bug – if you are browsing an out-of-date copy of the User Games page and you try to join a game that no longer exists, Bad Things might happen (like the blue sky bug). This issues have been moved to the top of the Fix It list. Thanks to everyone who helped us to uncover them!

– Telamon

Fire in the Valley Rekindled

David Baszucki and I hit the Stanford startup job fair on Thursday, looking to recruit a few good software developers for the Roblox team. The fire in Silicon Valley is roaring again and Computer Science majors can’t walk down the street without being offered a job. The Colossus of Mountainview hoovers them up, hiring about 50 a week. However, BM and I were undaunted. Enticing upcoming grads into joining a project as awesome as Roblox – that should be a pretty easy sell.

After spending the entire day on campus talking to students, we found a couple of potential full-time candidates. We also decided that we will probably hire a couple of summer interns to work on cool little projects for us. Everyone should be excited about getting more people to work on Roblox – every new person we find will increase the number of features and fixes we cram into each new release.

We’ve had our job listings posted on Roblox.com for about a month now, secretly hidden on the front page where only the most proactive job seekers might find them. People interested in jobs or internships at Roblox should email their resume to jobs@roblox.com.